If there was a chart of spiritual elements…

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Col. 3:13

If there were a chart of spiritual elements offense would be uranium and forgiveness would be helium. Offense or guilt is an incredibly heavy and toxic burden to carry around. Humans reel under the heaviness yet stagger through life under its weight. Forgiveness weighs almost nothing. It has the power to lift the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven right off the ground.

Lord, help me carry only what the forgiven and forgiving person is supposed to carry.